Safeguarding Cultural Properties

1st Edition

Security for Museums, Libraries, Parks, and Zoos

Print ISBN: 9780124201125
eBook ISBN: 9780124201804
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 8th April 2014
Page Count: 160
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Safeguarding Cultural Properties is a step-by-step guide for creating and maintaining a comprehensive security program in any cultural facility or public institution. Author Stevan P. Layne, the leading expert in the field of cultural property protection, draws from his many years of experience providing protection training and planning to more than 350 cultural and public institutions around the world.

Designed especially for those with limited security budgets, the book provides a proven and effective program for hiring the right security personnel, selecting the appropriate electronic security systems, and coordinating critical emergency response, along with all the other security issues unique to the needs of a cultural institution. For individuals responsible for the protection of the people, assets, and collections, Safeguarding Cultural Properties saves time and money by providing the essential resources needed for creating a short- and long-term protection plan.

Key Features

  • The only how-to manual written specifically for security managers of museums, libraries, zoos, and other public and private historic sites
  • Suitable for both large and small cultural institutions, it covers topics such as personnel security, fire protection, physical security, emergency response, theft protection, and more
  • Provides actionable, cost-effective solutions for institutions with limited security budgets and resources


Managers and security personnel at museums, libraries, zoos, national parks, historic sites, public gardens, art galleries, and other public facilities throughout the United States and are the globe; Security and risk management consultants

Table of Contents

  • Dedication
  • Disclaimer
  • Preface
  • Chapter 1. Emergency Preparedness
    • Define the Mission
    • The Plan
    • Challenges
    • Incident Command System
    • The Emergency Operations Center
    • Emergency Medical Response
    • Appendix: Bomb Threats
    • Business Continuity Outline
    • Business Recovery Procedures/Processes
    • Information Technology Systems
    • Outside Emergency Resources
    • Insurance Issues for Cultural Properties
    • Disaster Preparedness Checklist
    • Emergency Information and Skills Inventory
    • Emergency Notification Contacts
    • Emergency Response Fact Sheet
    • Emergency Preparedness Checklist
    • Suicide Bomber Indicators
  • Chapter 2. Security Officer Code of Conduct
    • The Officer’s Code
  • Chapter 3. Personnel Security: Screening, Hiring, Training, and Guard Force Management
    • Personnel
    • Background Verification
    • The Interview
    • Position Descriptions
    • Training
    • Guard Force Management
    • Rules and Regulations
    • Documenting Suspicious Activity
    • The Firing Decision
    • Conclusion
    • Appendix: Selecting Electronic Systems
  • Chapter 4. Legal Rights and Restrictions
    • Probable Cause
    • Reasonable Suspicion
    • Right to Search
    • Detention
    • Arrest
    • Trespass
    • Civil Liability
    • Criminal Liability
    • Use of Force
  • Chapter 5. Physical Security
    • Appendix: Alarm Systems
  • Chapter 6. Fire Protection
    • Examples of Fires at Cultural Institutions
    • Preventative Measures
  • Chapter 7. Customer Service and Visitor Relations
  • Chapter 8. Emergency Evacuations
    • Building Evacuation Policy
  • Chapter 9. Theft Prevention
    • Theft Policy</l


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"...introduces and discusses at a fundamental level a wide number of topics pertinent to protecting cultural properties. Many of these topics easily transfer to other areas of facility security."--ASIS Dynamics Newsletter, January 2015